To develop environmentally benign, resource conserving, and economically viable local agriculture through progressive technologies and market innovations. Emphasis on integrated pest management and environmental biotechnologies.
Pesticide Applicator Training Program
In Rhode Island and other states, individuals that apply Restricted Use Pesticides (RUP's) pesticides (insecticides, fungicides, rodenticides, herbicides and other pesticides) in the course of their business are required to obtain a Rhode Island Pesticide Applicator License.
Farmers are required to obtain a Rhode Island Private Applicator Certification if they will be applying RUP's in the production of crops. Dealers that will be selling RUP's must obtain a Rhode Island Pesticide Dealers License.
The steps in licensing and certifying involve attending classes, passing written exams, providing proof of the adequate amounts of pesticide insurance and conforming to several other requirements of the Rhode Island Pesticide Control Act.